EU-funded projects

  • INTERACT (The International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) - Thule Institute is a partner in INTERACT, where it managed and coordinated the Transnational Access work package already during the FP7 funding period (2010-2015) and continues to do so in H2020 funded 2nd phase of INTERACT in 2016-2020.

    Thule Institute coordinates the largest work package of the EU-funded Consortium, the Transnational Access (TA). Transnational Access means free access for scientist to conduct their studies at the research station, including travel and logistic costs and facilities and accommodation at the station. In INTERACT, TA is offered to 43 research stations for altogether 7800 person-days of access during the four-year project period.

    The Transnational Access also includes two other modalities of access. Remote Access (RA) is a form of Transnational Access, where the scientists do not physically visit the station, but instead the station staff collects the samples for the scientists according to their researach plan. Seventeen (17) stations are offering RA in INTERACT. There is a call for both TA and RA projects annually in the INTERACCESS on-line application system. The TA/RA call is competetive, and the applications undergo scientific evaluation by the INTERACT TA Board.  

    The third form of access is called Virtual Access, meaning free and open acceess to station's monitoring and observation data. Virtual Access will be offered to 29 stations, and can be accessed through the INTERACT Virtual Access single-entry point that is available on-line to all users.

    The Transnational Access office, located at Thule Institute consists of the work package leader Dr Kirsi Latola, and TA Coordinator Dr Hannele Savela. The TA Coordination office arranges the TA/RA Calls and related scientific evaluations, takes care of the communication with the applicants, selected TA projects and the stations, prepares various reports and deliverables, and arranges various events and meetings within the TA User Community that is the collaboration, networking and outreach platform of the TA Users. The main Coordinator of INTERACT is in the Lund University in Sweden. Other INTERACT work packages include Station Managers' Forum, Scientific Coordination, Mentoring and Education, Joint Research Activities (Red Phone environmental alert system, Developing Technology for Drones, and Harmonising and Improving Biodiversity Monitoring), and Adapting to Environmental Change.  

  • EU PolarNet - Thule Institute is a Finnish partner in EU PolarNet H2020 funded project (2015-2020). EU-PolarNet is the world’s largest consortium of expertise and infrastructure for polar research with 17 countries and 22 of Europe’s internationally-respected multi-disciplinary research institutions. EU-PolarNet will develop and deliver a strategic framework and mechanisms to prioritize science, optimize the use of polar infrastructure, and broker new partnerships that will lead to the co-design of polar research program that deliver tangible benefits for the European society. By adopting coordination of polar research and operations the consortium engages in closer cooperation with all relevant actors on an international level. Currently the project works with the integrated polar research program which is planned to be launched in Brussels at the end of 2019. The tasks of  Thule Institute is to develop White paper on the status of stakeholder engagement in the polar research in connection with the polar research program.  


  • The Northern Dimension (ND) is a joint policy of four equal partners: the European Union (EU), Russian Federation, Norway and Iceland. It was initiated in 1999 and renewed in 2006. The EU member states also take part in the cooperation in their national capacities. The USA and Canada hold observer status in the ND. Northern Dimension Institute (NDI), led by the Aalto University, is an academic partner in the Northern Dimension (ND) structures. The NDI prepares Northern Dimension-related studies and reports, and coordinates the collection of funding for research projects.
    Northern Dimension Institute (NDI) led by the Aalto University coordinates the EC DG NEAR co-financed - Development of think tank functions of the Northern Dimension Institute – the NDI Think Tank Action (funding 2019-2022). The partners of the NDI Think Tank Action are IIASA, University of Oulu, St Petersburg State University of Economy, Northern Arctic Federal University and Aalto University (coordinator).
    The NDI Think Tank Action is designed to enhance genuine regional cooperation in the Northern Dimension area through science diplomacy, capacity building and people-to-people contacts. Action partnership includes universities and research organizations with references in high-quality expertise and research projects related to environment, climate change impact in the Arctic, emerging transport and logistics routes between Europe and Asia, energy efficiency, health and wellbeing and culture in the ND area. Research teams in close dialogue and co-creation with decision-makers will produce policy briefs, analysis and reports on the pressing challenges and their potential solutions. NDI will provide a neutral platform for research collaboration, co-creation workshops and annual ND Future Forums enabling open discussion, people-to-people contacts and dissemination of the research-based solutions with ND decision-makers for future challenges in the ND area. Postdoc researcher Anastasia Emelyanova and VP Research UArctic Arja Rautio are participating in the project.

Last updated: 15.5.2019